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Police: Fight ends with glass coffee pot to the head

John Joyce
505-5432/@JohnJoyceYD

York City Police dispatched for a report of a stabbing Tuesday night found a victim with blood running down the side of his face, charging documents said.

As it turns out, there was no stabbing. Instead, two men had been fighting, and one had smashed a glass coffee pot over the victim's head, according to police.

The fight took place around 9:40 p.m. in a hallway between second-floor apartments at 468 E. Market St. Witness told police they saw Jason Allen Pittenger, 41, of Apt. 3 at that address, and the victim — who is not named in the documents — involved in a fight.

York County 911 initially dispatched officers for a report of a stabbing outside Pandora's Box Bar & Grill, which occupies the ground floor of the same building that houses the second-floor apartments. No one associated with Pandora's Box was involved in the incident above the business, according to owner Angel Matias.

Pittenger

The victim told officers he and Pittenger had "words" in the hallway, and when he turned to walk away Pittenger hit him in the head with a glass coffee pot.

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Lt. Troy Bankert explained that both Pittenger and the victim were engaged in mutual combat.

"Then one hit the other over the head with a glass coffee pot, which broke," he said.

Pittenger admitted to hitting the victim in the head with the pot, but said he did so because the victim was in his "personal space," according to the documents.

Pittenger was taken to Central Booking and arranged. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Sept. 13 at 2:15 p.m.

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispathc.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD